November 14, 2007

I hate healthy food!

The grocery store is a mine field these days. If you're not careful, and don't pay attention, you'll end up buying something that tastes like cardboard.

Fat and salt; those are the things that make life worth living. Both of them have a bad rep in certain circles, but health food faddists and public danger hysterics notwithstanding, it's not clear at all that either of them is a major threat to human life or health, as long as you don't overdo either of them.

Still, there are those who think that sodium is akin to cyanide, with lipids being a close second. And American industry is always willing to cater to perceived needs with products, even if those needs are misguided. Money is money even if it's spent by a silly person. (I should know.)

So the shelves are lined with things that are "low-sodium" and you have to look closely when you buy to make sure you aren't getting the good stuff. I made that mistake a while back; I bought three tins of cashews and got home to discover the blasted things were "low sodium". I think it took about a teaspoon of salt and a lot of shaking on each of them before they tasted right. Cashews without sodium don't taste like anything.

I went to the grocery store today, and one of the things I was low on was garlic flavored cream cheese. I get this stuff. Only today I wasn't paying attention, and I got this stuff instead. I haven't opened it yet, and I'm not looking forward to it. I'm sure it will look like cream cheese. I'm sure it will smell like garlic.

But I'm also sure it won't  be right. Eating low fat cream cheese is like eating soap. Especially since they reduced the sodium in it, too.

As soon as I noticed it, I started cursing loudly. In fact, I startled myself; I don't usually do that.

Hey, American Industry. There's a niche here you're not addressing: the person who likes salt and likes fat and wants them in food!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Rants at 04:45 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 Makes me wonder how many people today understand where the phrase "worth his salt" came from...

Posted by: Will at November 14, 2007 06:54 PM (E3UGR)

2 Enlighten us.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 14, 2007 06:58 PM (+rSRq)

3 I think Roman soldiers were paid in salt at one time.

Posted by: PatBuckman at November 14, 2007 07:04 PM (yiXN1)

4 Yup, so someone is "worth his salt" if he does the job you are paying him to do.

Posted by: metaphysician at November 14, 2007 07:06 PM (KVPNK)

5 And because without salt, your body can't retain water properly.

Posted by: Will at November 14, 2007 10:04 PM (E3UGR)


You would love Atlanta, no pretense here about eating anything that is "good" for you.  Pan fried chicken with biscuits and gravy, Bar-B-Q with all the sweet tea you want and no sideways looks or smirking on the part of the server.

Tofu? Y'all don't need no stinkin tofu here south of the Mason Dixon. 

Posted by: jcain at November 15, 2007 05:50 AM (1/65G)

7 "Fat and salt; those are the things that make life worth living."

Sugar. What have you got against sugar? Particularly fat and sugar together, a.k.a "Dessert".

Then there's sugar cured bacon, which includes all three, plus, if you're lucky, nitrites.

Eat What You Want and Die Like a Man.

Posted by: refugee at November 15, 2007 11:15 AM (jHEJd)

8 Seems like these days sugar is nearly as hard to find at the store. Everything has high fructose corn sweetener in it instead.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 15, 2007 11:44 AM (+rSRq)

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